By FESTUS AHON
UGHELLI – A Warri-based lawyer, Dr Akpo Mudiaga-Odje, has urged the Federal Government to reverse its decision on fuel subsidy removal in the interest of the masses.
Odje, who stated this in a chat with newsmen at his Evwreni country home, Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State, yesterday, said the timing of the fuel subsidy removal in the yuletide season, was wrong.
According to him, the pain of the removal would be felt much more by the poor masses, “since government officials will use public funds to purchase their fuel.”
He regretted that “within 24 hours of the unfortunate decision, spiral and fratricidal inflation have engulfed the nation in the areas of transportation, food, shelter and even legal services. This is dangerous and unacceptable.”
While questioning the legality of Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Authority, PPPRA’s, powers to remove the subsidy, he noted that “under the Petroleum Act, which is a 1969 Law, it is only a Minister of Petroleum that can increase price of fuel under Section 6, therein.”
Odje insisted that it was contradictory for government to set up a body to regulate deregulation as it did with PPPRA, highlighting the incongruous nature of the PPPRA, vis a vis deregulation.